In 1965, the Immigration and Nationality act was passed, subsequently changing the United State’s immigration policy in a major way. Since then, almost 59 million immigrants have been allowed to enter the nation.
While the fact that there has been an increase in immigration from Latin American countries is widely talked about, the forces that drive them to leave their native countries is not talked about nearly as often.
The political is inherently personal. Politics do not only affect how our country is run, it also affects each and every one of our lives in different ways....By choosing to focus on specific people’s experiences, it is much easier to humanize the people that are directly affected by the issue of immigration.
Paradoxically, a given work of art is at once unique and derivative...In order to work out this issue myself, I decided to create a musical medley of songs that were all focused on the rain that falls from the sky above.
"Described as 'deeply poetic but also alive with questions,' Novo’s work represents the abundance of battle and bloodshed that took place in the twentieth century due to the power struggles under multiple totalitarian regimes."